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Do you remember when two years ago, Leila went into a state after I brought Manasse home from the vet's, and stayed in a permanent panic for 5 whole months? She was in it again this morning, hiding away under the sofa, hunched up, ears back, tail tucked tightly around her; her big round eyes presenting a picture of abject misery. She scratched me in the face when I tried to get her out. It bled like a mother, but it's as nothing to how my heart bleeds for her this morning.

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bogwitch
Apr. 25th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC)
Oh no. I wonder if she had a fight with one of the others?
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
No, she didn't. I'd have heard that, and besides, even though they hardly ever fight, when they do, Leila always wins. There's a reason she's No. 1 Cat.
vegmb
Apr. 25th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Poor dear.
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty, yes...but also, poor me! When she gets stressed out, I get stressed out...I hate seeing her like this.
suze2000
Apr. 25th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
Did you ever get to the bottom of the cause of it? Sounds awful for her and you. :(
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Other than that she's easily stressed, and once stressed, likely to remain that way? No. Though the trigger in both instances is easy to identify: 1) take Manasse to the vet, 2) bring him back smelling of medicine => 3) Leila goes into severe state of shock and no longer feels safe in her own home. ::sigh::
curiouswombat
Apr. 25th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Oh poor Leila - you would think it would be going to the vet heself that would stress her out, not Manasse going.
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
I don't know what goes on in that brain of hers. Perhaps she thinks that I've taken her friend away, and then try to fob a new cat that looks like him but can't possibly be him because he maybe smells of medicine on her...but the hing is, this time, Manasse came back not smelling any different -- at least not that I could smell. He'd only been given a shot of antibiotics...one! How could that possibly make her think he's a different cat than the one she's used to? But clearly, she does think that...she's not having any problem with Clio, but she's behaving very aggressively towards Manasse at the moment, hissing and putting her back up every time he walks past her hideyhole.
quietlychaotic
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oh no, your not having a lot of luck are you!

Could it be the smell of the vets that freaks her out? If so I would leave her with (and this is not as bad as it sounds, honest) something that you have been wearing that smells of you in a place that she feels safe, like under the bed.
Or is it the cat box she hates?
I know I am not lot a lot of help, but I am thinking of you: (
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
It's not the litter box. When she gets in this state, it's actually her favourite bolt hole.

I do think it's got something to do with the smell of the vet's that gets to her -- that and the irrational belief that I've taken her friend away and replaced him with a pod pussy.
enigmaticblues
Apr. 25th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, no. I hope she gets over her fear soon. *hugs*
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
She's such a silly kitty...but I love her.
__kali__
Apr. 25th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Oh poor Leila. And also poor you. How's the scratch?
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
How's the scratch? Well, I've just gained a few more!

Leila's definitely not happy. I think she's been in hiding all day; but she is better than she was when she first sank into her depression two years ago, in that she will sit with me and after about two hours of sittig in my lap, she did start to relax and purr a little...hopefully she won't go completely catatonic on me this time.
__kali__
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Poor love, and I thought Bilbo got bad when we took him to the vets, he's perfectly behaved compared to poor Leila.
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Leila doesn't like going to the vet, either; but she's right as rain as soon as she comesd back home. When it's Manasse that's taken to the vet though, she goes all silly on us as soon as I bring him back. It's so strange...

The vet asked how Leila was doing, and I said she was doing fine, and had completely gotten over her irrational fears with time. Turns out now I spoke too soon. :(
__kali__
Apr. 25th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
How about taking Leila with you to the vets, or would that stress her out more. She probably thinks you're bring back a pod!cat.
gamiila
Apr. 26th, 2007 07:03 am (UTC)
Funnily enough, I hit upon that same idea after the damage had already been done...but I'm definitely considering taking her along to the vet's when Manasse goes for his checkup in a week.

Poor mite, she slept in the crook of my arm all night, never stirring for fear that the big white pod!pussy would get her.
diachrony
Apr. 26th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
I wonder how Leila would do if everytime you needed to take Manasse in, you took her along as well? ... of course, that won't help this particular situation.

I think they have mood meds for cats ~ well something like that, to calm them when they're very stressed and hyper, such as if they need to go on a plane trip somewhere. Maybe it's something to look into, if Leila doesn't recover soon.

Good thoughts for both of you. Poor things.

gamiila
Apr. 26th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
If only I'd thought of bringing her along before all this happened. Unfortunately, the idea only occured to me when I saw how she was yesterday morning. I will take her along next week when Manasse goes for his checkup, and hopefully, that'll set her back on the road to recovery -- because as of this morning, she'd retreated further back into her shell.

I think they have mood meds for cats

They do. Leila's been on kitty Prozac, but it didn't have any effect on her.
nostariel
Apr. 26th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
poor kitties, poor gamiila ::hugs::
gamiila
Apr. 26th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC)
Thank you! Even if you've lived with cats your whole life, they can still be a puzzle to you.
julchek
Apr. 27th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Oh dear, G - sorry to hear that Leila is going through another bad time. I hope she pulls out soon - maybe the thought about bringing her along when you take Manasse back in for his check up will do the trick. ((hugs)) to you and the moggies.
gamiila
Apr. 27th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Julie. I'm cautiously optimistic that Leila will snap out of her funk sooner rather than later, because although she may spend most of the day in hiding, she will come out and make a beeline for my lap as soon as I'm home.Though she's off again as soon as Manasse comes near...
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